Wednesday, March 23, 2011

On the Corapi reactions

First: I had no idea who Fr. Corapi was when this story broke. It turns out that I have actually listened to him briefly on the local Catholic station a time or two- but didn't know it was him. So, I have no opinion on the case itself, beyond a wait and see stance. I am praying for all involved, of course.

More worrying to me is the reaction in the Catholic blogosphere, especially the response of Fr. Corapi's defenders to those they consider insufficiently proclaiming his innocence. Wise and cool heads have tried to defuse heat vs. the light about this, but without much success.

Clearly, many people are deeply invested in this. It seems Father has quite a reputation for orthodoxy and has been instrumental in bringing many people back to the Church, or helping to deepen their understanding of the faith. Some feel so strongly about him that they are willing to read the minds and hearts of others on the strength of a blog comment, and accuse them of various faults from stupidity to being modernist tools of the devil. The kinder wish for them conversion and repentance, the more severe wish them a similar experience of false accusation.

What this all needs is a huge helping of Prudence, Charity and Temperance.

Prudence to not discuss those things that we don't actually know anything about.

Charity to not make silly assumptions about others simply because they have a differing opinion, or no personal stake in the subject beyond the general welfare of the Church: it is entirely possible to be a perfectly devout and orthodox Catholic in America and not know Fr. Corapi from Adam's off ox.

Temperance, because there is such a thing as informational gluttony.

And on that last virtue, that is all I have to say on the subject.


julie said...

Yep, I think that's as good a response as any I've seen.

On a completely unrelated note, how is your foot doing?

USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

Wise advice, Sal.

I'm taken aback at the dross of speculation, assumptions and gossip in the comments including foolish accusations thrown at the Anchoress (aqpparently, for not simply proclaiming that the Fr. Corapi is innocent without knowing for certain).

Prudence, Charity and Temperance would sure be immensely better than uninformed emotionalism and unhealthy cynicism or attachment.

mushroom said...

Now there is some wisdom. I'm on a Free Republic ping list about end-times issues. Everybody who reads the posts is presumably Christian, yet the discussions will often quickly degenerate into name-calling.